Year of New Beer: Bourbon County Brand Kentucky Fog Stout, Goose Island Beer Co (Chicago)

Written By: Dion on 12/01/2020

Very complex nose that seems to change each time I lift the glass. Starts as expected with a big bourbon and charred malt component. Mild aeration yields a subtle tea leaf and light honey. Floral, slightly minty, and even a bit of anise with increased warmth. Follows in similar fashion on the tongue. Bourbon, oak char, and baker's chocolate initially have me thinking this won't vary much from the O.G. Bourbon County. It doesn't take long, however, for the tea element to really step up its game. Earthy, leafy, and herbal in its presentation, again giving off nearly a mint character. Honey and brown sugar sweetness layered over unusual notes of lemon and orange peel on a sticky, boozy finish. This is, in my opinion, the most unique Bourbon County variant ever produced. Not my favorite, but still very intriguing.